Target: Australian Capital Territories Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Goal: Permanently eliminate annual kangaroo culls
Nearly 1,500 eastern grey kangaroos have been temporarily saved from an annual cull, a mass slaughter of wild animals, in the Australian Capital Territories (ACT). This area consists of seven sites across Canberra, Australia’s capital. The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal will conduct a full review of the cull in early July. If the tribunal decides that the cull should take place, contracted shooters will have until July 31 to execute the kangaroos.
For years, kangaroo culling has occurred across the nation. The government supports the culls and deems them necessary to control the kangaroo population. The ACT Parks and Conservation further explains that without natural predators like Tasmanian tigers and dingos, the kangaroo population needs to be controlled by humans. They argue that if the culls were eliminated, the ecosystems of the affected areas would be unbalanced. If there are too many plant-eating animals like the kangaroo, then the population of native insects, small mammals, and birds would decline.
However, in recent years, data suggests kangaroo populations are declining, and this year’s culling quota for Canberra is the lowest since 2010. Animal rights groups like Animal Liberation ACT and the Australian Society for Kangaroos stress that these statistics prove the annual culls will eventually cause the kangaroo to become an endangered species, and that wild animals who have existed for million of years are capable of regulating their own populations. These groups also oppose the government’s guidelines for the killings. Adults are to be shot once in the head, and joeys are to be decapitated. Often, the slaughtered animals suffer multiple wounds before they are executed per the approved methods.
By postponing the cull and agreeing to review whether or not it is necessary, the ACT civil and administrative tribunal has taken the first step towards halting annual culls. By signing the petition below, you will show that you support the postponement of the cull, and will urge the tribunal to permanently eliminate it.
Dear ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal,
Your decision to postpone and review the need for Canberra’s annual cull is commendable. The culls began as a way to control kangaroo populations and preserve ecosystems. However, as kangaroo numbers have declined, it is no longer necessary to continue these mass slaughters.
If the killings continue, the kangaroo may eventually become an endangered species. To ensure this does not occur, annual culls must be permanently eliminated.
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